WASHINGTON, Dec 13 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden signed the Respect for Marriage Act on Tuesday at a celebration where U.S. singer Cyndi Lauper performed “True Colors” in front of thousands of supporters on the White House lawn.
The new law provides for federal recognition of same-sex marriages, a measure prompted by concerns that the Supreme Court could overturn its legal support for such relationships.
Cheers erupted from the crowd as Biden signed the bill into law.
“Marriage is a simple proposition. Who do you love? And will you be faithful to that person you love? It doesn’t get any more complicated than that. The law recognizes that everyone should have the right to answer those questions for themselves,” Biden said. – Today is a beautiful day.
The event features performances by pop icons Lauper and British singer Sam Smith.
“Well this time love wins,” Lauper said before singing.
Made famous by her 1983 song “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” Lauper, 69, said the act offers peace of mind to families like hers and Americans across the country.
“We can rest easy tonight because our families are affirmed and because we are now allowed to love who we love, which sounds strange to say, but Americans can now love who we love,” Lauper, an LGBT activist who is has been married to actor David Thornton since 1991, told reporters at a pre-show briefing.
Addressing the crowd before the signing, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the bill promotes equality.
“Everyone deserves to enjoy the magical blessing of forming a union with the person you love,” she said.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, whose daughter and wife are expecting a child, called it a “day of jubilation.”
Reporting by Steve Holland, Andrea Shallal, Kathryn Jackson; Editing by Howard Goller and Josie Cao
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